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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1021330.015 - Kloeckner Metals Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Bridgeport

Nr: 1021330.015Report ID: 0111500Open Date: 01/23/2015

Kloeckner Metals Corporation
760 Newfield Streetp.O. Box 1716
Middletown, CT 06457
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 423510/Metal Service Centers and Other Metal Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 760 Newfield Streetp.O. Box 1716, Middletown, CT 06457

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/15/2015
Emphasis: L:CraneClose Case:07/22/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident935203 Yes  
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100179 N03 III A 06/17/2015 07/14/2015 $5,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100179 N03 III B 06/17/2015 07/14/2015 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 77348.015Event: 01/23/2015Employee Killed When Caught Between Steel Plate And A Flat B
At 9:00 a.m. on January 23, 2015, a crane operator lifted the two (2) sheets off the trailer; however due to the cold weather, the wood spacers that were placed between the sheets of steel were frozen to the bottom side of the lower plate. Employee #1 bent over and used another spacer to knock the other spacers off the plate. He did this standing between the sheets of plate steel and the flatbed trailer. Once the spacers had been removed, the operator immediately moved the overhead crane, thinking he was moving the plates to their staging area; however the operator inadvertently moved the crane in the opposite direction (toward th e trailer). When he realized the error, he released the controls, however the mo mentum caused the sheets of plate steel to swing into the trailer, catching Empl oyee #1 who by that time had stood upright facing the trailer, and pinning him t o the side of the trailer. Employee #1 was killed when he sustained crushing i njuries to his chest and upper torso.
Keywords: crane, frozen, steel plate
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1021330.015 Fatality

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